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Baruch College's Steven L. Newman
Real Estate Institute to Co-Host Next-Gen Buildings and Cities Conference

Speakers to Feature Bina Venkataraman with The White House and World Renowned Architects Cesar and Rafael Pelli


NEW YORK, NY- August 21, 2014 – The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College and Green Biz present a day-long conference, “VERGE Salon, Next –Gen Buildings and Cities” on September 16. The event, held from 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the William and Anita Newman Conference Center, 151 E. 25th St, Room 750 at Baruch College, will explore the future of buildings, cities and sustainability and feature an elite group of leaders in cities, buildings and technology.

Speakers include: Bina Venkataraman, Senior Advisor for Climate Change Innovation The White House CEQ/OSTP; the world renowned Cesar and Rafael Pelli, with Pelli Architects; Michael Berkowitz, Managing Director, 100 Resilient Cities Rockefeller Foundation; David Post, Executive Manager of IBM’s Global Smarter Cities; Jackie Henke, VP, Innovation and Transformation Director, TD Bank; Jenna Tatum, the NYC Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability; Robert Watson,  CEO, ECON Group; Vishaan Chakrabarti, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation; Seth Schultz, Director of Research, C40; and Dana Schneider, Senior Vice President, Energy and Sustainability Projects, Jones Lang LaSalle. The audience will include government officials, corporate executives, real estate portfolio owners, facilities managers and other key decision makers from across the VERGE and Newman Real Estate Institute ecosystems.

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The conference marks the inaugural partnership between The Steven L. Newman Real Estate institute and Green Biz in hosting a national real estate conference on sustainable urban change. Topics will include how green infrastructure, technologies and grid solutions create value for buildings and cities; what tomorrow's buildings and cities look like, leveraging data to accelerate greenhouse gas reductions and water efficiency; and the impacts of benchmarking mandates on building efficiency upgrades.

VERGE Salons are part of GreenBiz Group's global VERGE event series; high-energy events focusing on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. “VERGE Salons offer a unique opportunity to focus more deeply on specific business opportunities at the convergence of technology and sustainability," said Eric Faurot, CEO of GreenBiz Group. "New York City offers an ideal setting to convene private- and public-sector leaders, disruptors and innovators to discuss the technologies and strategies that can transform the future of cities and buildings."

"In the future, every component of our cities, from their infrastructure and electrical grids to their buildings and vehicles, will be connected by urban neural networks," said Jack S. Nyman, executive director of the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute. "Technological advancements, new notions of personal space, and innovative methods of communication will evolve into a paradigm of unforeseen norms that will reshape our cities. These nova phenomena will most certainly not only change the physicality of our cities, but will also redefine our notion of the American Dream. The conference dialogue and its robust discussions will provide great insight into the beginnings of this redefinition.”

For further information or to register, please contact Sara Hilska Taylor at (646) 660-6950 or




About The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute:

The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College offers a wide range of educational and research opportunities to broadly address the needs of the real estate industry. The Institute is part of the Zicklin School of Business, the largest accredited collegiate school of business in the United States, and offers professional education courses and workshops to train current practitioners, as well as the next generation of real estate professionals, helping them succeed in, and contribute to, a dynamic and fast-evolving marketplace. As Executive Director of The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Jack S. Nyman leads operations, strategic planning and industry partnering; and guides professional development and continuing education programming, topical research, symposia and public events. Under his direction, the Institute has achieved national recognition as an industry provided of cutting edge programs to inform real estate asset managers on cost effective strategies for portfolio optimization. Individuals, academics, students, corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies all benefit from the programs offered by the Institute.


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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